Thermarest have been updating their mats in a rolling process by category over the past couple of years. This year it’s the turn of their Trek and Travel series. The Trek and Travel series of mats are a versatile range designed to by carried by backpackers without sacrificing too much in the way of comfort and durability. The main innovation this year is the addition of SpeedValve technology. Thermarest’s SpeedValve uses and effect called the Bernoulli principle to draw in surrounding air when you blow into the valve. Below is a video from Thermarest describing the effect.
The SpeedValve means that you can inflate your mat faster and using much less effort, great news if you want faster and hassle free setting up. Now on to the new range…
The NeoAir All Season SV is a redesign of the versatile NeoAir All season, now incorporating Thermarestís Speed valve. The All Season in a very warm ThermaCapture technology insulated mat weighing just 650g (regular). The new addition of the Speed valve makes inflating the mat fast and hassle free. If you like getting out camping all year round and want a comfortable and packable mat this is the one for you.
The Trail King SV is a totally new addition to the Trek and Travel series. It combines the innovative AirFrame design and SpeedValve to create an incredibly rapid and hassle free self inflating mat. The Trail King is not quite as packable as the NeoAir design but is still very lightweight at 850g (regular) and comfortable at 6.3cm thick. For summer camping trips where comfort is a priority, youíll be set up and cracking open your first beer while everyone else is still struggling with their airbeds.
The Trail pro benefits this year from the addition of an air bolster around the outside of the mat. This creates a raised barrier to stop you rolling off in the night. The women’s version is shorter but with the same amount of foam as the larger mats. This is distributed around the mat making it warmer. At 740g (regular) the Trail Pro is a durable self inflating mat for those†’active’ sleepers looking for comfort and a respectable amount of warmth.
The NeoAir Trekker has had a colour change and is still a dependable 3 season mat with a very tough polyester outer for improved durability and puncture resistance. If you are looking for a tough but lightweight (480g regular) mat and like to extend your camping season into the cooler spring and autumn months then the NeoAir Trekker should be on your kit list.
Our range of new Thermarest mats also come with a free gift (while stocks last), so now’s the time to start getting excited about this summer’s camping trips!